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7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Being prepared for water damage. Fire Damage often includes water damage.

Dealing With Water Damage and Fire Damage in San Leandro

By Clayton A. Barry, partner of SERVPRO of San Leandro

These tips were prepared for Property Managers of apartment buildings and rental houses in the East Bay and were presented to an income property association based in Oakland at an annual meeting.  However many of the tips apply to individual homeowners.

When serious problems occur (beyond routine maintenance issues), there are immediate remedies and safety actions that can be quickly implemented to contain the water damage reduce restoration costs and protect health. That’s why when you call SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480 we do our best to contact you within 5 minutes and to be on location in one-hour or less. When you call us, be sure to provide your callback information in addition to the name, phone number(s) and address of your client/referral. Our on-duty technicians confirm every call and will keep you informed on the job status and important information. 

Our company provides emergency mitigation. We also offer many restoration repair services (such as controlled demolition, board-up, debris removal, expert wall and plaster repair, new floor and carpet installation, and reconstruction, etc.) We will work alongside your established vendors and contractors. This is not a problem for us.

When our emergency personnel and technicians are dispatched, we could use your help.  Please ask the residents to provide convenient parking and, for nighttime arrivals, please have the porch light and other outside lighting turned on. 

By the way, SERVPRO is an approved service vendor for several of the country’s largest insurance companies. Additionally, we have agreements in place with many others.  If your project becomes an insurance claim, we will prepare the “estimate” to comply with insurance industry guidelines to accelerate resolution of your claim.

Window & Door Breakage

Take action immediately to preserve security and human safety. Call our office ASAP so we can schedule proper board up and/or repair service, especially when the damage presents a threat to security or personal safety 24/7

?    If the breakage is the result of vandalism or burglary, notify the police
?    Tell your residents to be cautious of sharp objects……splintered wood and shards of glass
 
Fallen Tree/Limbs

The concerns with a fallen tree or branch are similar to the dangers associated with broken windows and doors. Residents need to be aware of sharp objects.  There may also be a risk of electrical or fire dangers caused by damage to wiring. These problems will be intensified if it is raining. 

?    Call our office immediately so we can schedule tree removal, tarps, board-up and/or repair services

Water damage / Water Intrusion

Rapid mitigation response reduces the extent of the damage and speeds up the overall repair time, saving you money. Implementing early drying procedures can prevent mold growth and secondary damage caused by humidity. Call our office as soon as possible so we can dispatch emergency cleanup help 24/7.

(Stop the Water Flow)

?    Have the water flow valve to the plumbing appliance that is leaking turned off.  If there is no shut-off valve or the shut-off valve does not operate properly, ask the resident to turn off the main water to the residence
?    Toilets, sinks, dishwashers, ice makers, and hot water heaters usually have dedicated water shut-offs
           
OF SPECIAL NOTE: If the hot water heater is leaking, it may be necessary to drain the hot water tank. Hot water heaters usually have a drain that is equipped to accept a standard garden hose.  It may also        become necessary to turn off the electricity (or gas flow) to the hot water heater.

(Warn Residents, SAFETY CONCERNS).

?    Wet floors are a slip hazard. People need to be cautious. Walk slowly.  Remember, walking from a damp carpet onto a hard floor surface is also a slip hazard

?    Electrical shock can occur in a water-damaged structure.  Be careful around electrical appliances and                      electrical extension cords. Do not run ceiling fans, electrical tools or other equipment (especially a vacuum cleaner) in a wet environment.


(Be Pro-active).

?    Water spreads by gravity and wicking action… check opposite walls and inside closets for dampness
?    Paper goods, boxes, etc.  NEED TO BE MOVED away from wet carpets, floors and walls
?    Aluminum foil should be placed under furniture legs.  Remove wet Oriental rugs from the wet areas
?    Hang damp or wet furs and leather goods separately at room temperature

The pro-active actions listed above are the sort of service that our trained and certified water mitigation technicians perform. They also come equipped with advanced moisture detection equipment to track the extent of the wetness. Their service vehicles are stocked with an array of specialty drying tools to mitigate hardwood floors, cabinets and wall cavities.  Specialty equipment, containment barriers and indoor air quality equipment are available to our techs.

Our goal is to have wet structural material dry within three days or less and to minimize demolition. However, it must be understood that some substrates and building materials become ruined when they are wetted. Some building materials may require longer periods of drying.

An added benefit: Our job documentation, including photographs that are routinely included in our water damage restoration invoices, will more than satisfy the requirements of the typical buy/sell “disclosure” paperwork.

Sewage Backup

A toilet overflow, while nasty, is not a serious “sewage damage”. Toilet flush overflows require simple cleanup procedures that include wearing rubber gloves. These matters do not generally require professional services.

A sewage backup is when the sewage discharge from one or more homes overflows into one house, often into a bathtub or shower and spilling over the toilet bowl. Backups may be twenty or more gallons of waste water. 

Much of the information that applies to water damage within a home applies to a sewage discharge. There are also concerns regarding bacterial contamination. However, most bacteria within sewage (water) will remain within the water until it is disturbed by physical action (such as mopping, wiping) or by using fans and air-blowers.

A significant sewage overflow always requires professional assistance.  Call our office immediately so our trained and certified technicians can provide the appropriate type of cleanup.

(Be Pro-active)

?    If washing machines or dishwashers are operating during a sewage discharge, have them turned off

?    In an apartment complex or multi-unit building ask the neighbors to not operate their appliances and to not use their shower until the blockage has been cleared by a plumber/maintenance specialist

?    Insist that residents stay out of the mess so they do not spread the contamination into unaffected areas 
nor compromise their own health and safety

SERVPRO’s sewage cleanup procedures feature the erection of containment barriers and the installation of HEPA air cleaning and filtration machines. All hard surfaces are sanitized. Porous materials may need to be removed as recommended by the US and California EPA standards. We do things the right way per each situation.

Trauma Scene / Hazmat

Our SERVPRO franchise is licensed by the State of California to perform trauma scene and HAZMAT cleanup (which also includes asbestos awareness and lead renovation). This specialty cleaning is performed to high standards. Recovered waste materials and contaminates are disposed of in compliance with regulations. The costs are commensurate with the complexity of the project.

            Blood and bodily fluids 
            Dead animal cleanup
            Chemical spills
            Skunk odor removal
            Cooking odor removal
            Asbestos – with associate
            Lead

Be assured……..Upon job completion, the indoor environment we treat will be clean, safe and odor free.

Vandalism

When an empty house or building has been vandalized, the damage can be anything from a nasty cleanup job to major restoration repair. We’re here to help with an array of licensed services… one stop shopping.

            Hazmat cleanup 
            Graffiti removal                        
            Structural damage
            Cosmetic repair
            Plaster
            Paint
            Carpet cleaning
            Structural repair
            Cabinet
            Carpet and flooring

Fire & Smoke

The first concern in a fire is to protect life. Residents need to get out of the building quickly. Heat accelerates rapidly and oxygen vanishes quickly. Even a small fire can become life threatening in as little as four minutes.

When there is a Structure Fire, the first responders will usually be the fire department. Residents must follow their instructions. Often “fire-chasers” (repair and cleaning contractors) listen to fire and police radio/internet channels. These contractors may arrive at a fire scene offering their services. If you are a landlord or property manager, advise your tenants that they do not have authority, or permission to hire these services.  

In some localities the Fire Department will dispatch a pre-approved contractor to provide emergency board-up services of the roof, windows and doors. This can be verified by the senior firefighter on the scene. 

Less Severe Damage: In some situations a small fire, or smoke and soot damage caused by cooking, a fireplace, or BBQ may pollute the indoor environment with soot and odor. Residents should not attempt to clean. Soot and odor damage requires professional products and techniques that are not readily available or known outside the restoration industry. Improper cleaning techniques will often “set” the soot or make it more difficult and more expensive to remove.  
    
(Report Damage)
 
?    Call our office as soon as possible so we can help with:
        Board-up 
        Debris removal 
        Emergency power
        Cleaning and drying of the structure
        Deodorizing of the structure
        Pack-out, cleaning and storage of     personal contents
        Re-construction

(Warn Residents, SAFETY CONCERNS)

?    A fire scene becomes a slip hazard when water has been used to extinguish the fire (especially when                        fire sprinklers have been discharged)
?    Broken glass, damaged wood and other objects may present a danger of sharp object injury

(Be Pro-active)

?    Soot becomes a permanent stain, resulting from improper cleaning methods 
?    Keep hands clean, do not touch items – body oil will increase soot damage
?    Do not open doors that were closed – it may spread soot contamination
?    Do not operate the furnace or HVAC system – it will spread soot
?    If power is off, remove contents from the refrigerator and freezer / prop doors open  

In review: This information was written by Clayton Barry for property managers in the East Bay. Hopefully you agree this information provides good advice for anyone who has a structure that suffers water, fire, sewage or other damage. When you need help in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Hayward, Union City or San Leandro we are as close as the phone: 510-352-2480    

Copyright 2015 – Clayton A. Barry for SERVPRO of San Leandro

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of San Leandro is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water or fire emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the San Leandro community and want to do our part in making our community the best it can be.

We are as close as the phone: 510-352-2480    

Why You Should Hire Water Damage Specialists

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why You Should Hire Water Damage Specialists Be ready for water damage...

Natural disasters such as floods and fires can wreak havoc on your residential property. As a result, homeowners need to have a strategic plan in place to ensure that their assets is restored to its original condition and poses no health risks to occupants. While there are numerous things that you should do to put this important process in motion, hiring a team of trained San Lorenzo warwe damage specialists is particularly important. SERVPRO professionals have the experience, expertise, and equipment necessary to clean and restore your home following a natural disaster. Their efforts ensure that your home is ready for safe reentry following repairs. Learn more about howwater damage specialists can assist you by reviewing the following data:


Assessing Your Home
The first thing remediation specialists will do to get your home in shape is an assessment. The assessment helps the experts determine the extent ofSan Lorenzo damage on your residential property. Once this assessment is made, the specialists will be able to determine what equipment to bring to expedite and optimize the cleanup and restoration processes. It will also help them determine how many trained professionals will need to be on site and working in order to complete the restoration process in a timely fashion.


Cleaning Your Home
Once the assessment is complete, water damage specialists will move forward by cleaning your home. The cleaning process is necessary because it prevents secondary San Lorezo water damage that results from the growth of mold and mildew. The cleanup process also ensures that you will be able to reenter your home safely. water damage specialists use several specific pieces of equipment to ensure that the cleaning process is optimized.


Conclusion 
Once your home has been subjected to a natural disaster, it is imperative that you begin the cleanup and restoration processes immediately. If you do not, you run the risk of exposing your property to mold and mildew growth. Because time is critically important when it comes to the home remediation process, it is always advantageous to allow a team of professionals to handle the restoration project for you. As you begin searching for the ideal remediation company, consider the professionals of SERVPRO. Our company's team of technicians possesses extensive experience in the dynamic remediation sector. As a result, we are effective in providing detail-oriented, knowledge-based remediation services that work. Contact one of our amicable representatives today to schedule your consultation.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Leandro is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the San Leandro community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Our expertise in water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (510) 352-2480

Mold Job in Hayward

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Job in Hayward SERVPRO will clean up and eradicate that mold!

Mold Damage: A Brief Overview 

As many water damage specialists know, Hayward mold damage can go unnoticed for quite some time. This makes the presence of mold on your property a serious issue. Mold can be black or green and fuzzy. While it can be found in natural environments, mold can also proliferate indoors. This is especially the case if the homeowner's environment is moist and warm. Mold spores are toxic and cause damage to whatever surface or object they grow on. Specifically, the mold decomposes the carpeting, walls, or furniture that it grows on. As they breed and spread, the mold spores will break down the surfaces on which they live. This creates unstable, unsafe surfaces. Learn more about mold damage by reviewing the following outline:

How Mold Damage Happens
Hayward mold damage can manifest for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons are preventable while others are not. One cause of mold damage is a burst or leaky pipe under your floorboards or behind your walls. Additionally, a leaky roof can cause mold development in your walls, ceiling, or attic. A fire in your office or home can also cause mold spores to accumulate and spread.

Mold And Your Health 
Because mold spores are often airborne, they can float from one region of your property to another. This enables them to create new colonies. Once this happens, the amount of damage they cause to your property can increase exponentially. And unfortunately, mold spores can be inhaled by your coworkers, family, friends, and pets. When Hayward mold damage is not eradicated immediately, it can have a negative impact on everyone's health. Specifically, the mold spores can give rise to intestinal, respiratory, and neurological damage.

How Mold Decomposes Your Property 
Once mold begins to decompose your residential or commercial property, it can start staining your possessions. Like all other organisms, mold excretes waste. These excretions result in stains, and some of the stains cannot be removed. Innumerable family heirlooms and antiques are lost due to mold infestations that were not cleaned in a timely fashion.

Conclusion 
When you clean your office or home following a fire, simply removing soot and smoke from the floors and furniture is not enough. To clean your property thoroughly and prevent the proliferation of mold damage, you need a team of professionals working on your behalf. Once you start looking for a team of remediation experts, consider SERVPRO. Our company's technicians possess extensive experience in the remediation industry, and we work with impeccable precision and determination to restore your commercial or residential property to its original condition. Contact us today and let's schedule your initial consultation.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of San Leandro is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the San Leandro community. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

 We are here in Hayward and are ready to help you. Just call us. (510) 352-2480

Why Fire Damage Keeps Your Family Out In San Leandro

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Fire Damage Keeps Your Family Out In San Leandro Fire causes many different problems in a home, including areas that never saw any actual fire or flames.

Fire Damage

House fires have many different causes, and one of these causes includes children sneaking off to play with matches or lighters out of curiosity.

Children playing with fire-causing materials in San Leandro are not the only source of fire damage of course. However, keeping lighters, matches, and other items in safe locations is one way to prevent some fires. Children who visit your home can be a source of these items, so keeping an eye on children playing with your own son or daughter can also decrease any risk. After a fire starts in a home, the cause is often determined by the fire department simply as a matter of their standard operations.

Once a house fire has been put out, SERVPRO can begin the restoration work needed to get the displaced family back home and able to renew their regular routines. Without this work, families are often not allowed to live in the home, and even obtaining basic items from the house can be cautioned against attempting. Structural damage, air quality, and other possible risks can pose ongoing hazards to those who are inside.

Fire causes many different problems in a home, including areas that never saw any actual fire or flames.
- Smoke travels steadily but quickly, and can completely fill a house entirely, leaving behind ashes, soot, and odors everywhere. Stirring up these remnants of the fire can aggravate breathing problems in some individuals, inducing asthma attacks.
- Charring and partial burning can leave structures looking as if there was little damage to them when the opposite is true, leaving them ready to topple over or crash down with only a little bit of additional weight.
- Electrical power is often disconnected to a home, and with boarded-up windows, even daytime ventures inside can be dark and hazardous.
- Water is to be expected after a fire has been extinguished, but it is often present in the form of higher humidity and moisture-laden materials and possessions. This can add to any structural damage of floors already sustained.

SERVPRO technicians make assessments of the entire home based on their IICRC training and extensive experience. These evaluations give them the information to not only protect themselves from existing hazards but also help determine the quickest way to restore your home to livable standards again.

SERVPRO of San Leandro can restore your home from all of these problems that come with fire damage. We are local and can be reached at (510) 352-2480 at any hour, day or night, every day of the year.

United4safety2017

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Community United4safety2017 SERVPRO booth at Public Safety Event.

On Saturday, July 8, SERVPRO participated in the fun and popular San Leandro community event put on by the San Leandro Police Department, United 4 Safety. This annual summer fair takes place outside and around the San Leandro Police Headquarters. On a beautiful Saturday morning and early afternoon, dozens of canopied booths were there to greet folks from all throughout the community, Parents, grandparents, children of all ages wound their way through the whole fair sampling the delicious food, visiting the tremendously cute shelter dogs waiting to be adopted, and of course, the SERVPRO table and tent! SERVPRO is part of the United 4 Safety fair every year and we’re part of the community, working closely with the local Police and Fire Departments to immediately step in and complete the cleanup and recovery process when a disaster happens. Whatever happens, SERVPRO is there! We are frequently out in the community participating in events like United 4 Safety, out talking with folks, supporting the local Police and Firefighters, letting everyone know we’re here to help and will step in quickly to get your life back to normal after a disaster. SERVPRO.

Like it never even happened.

Crawl Space Restoration After Water Damage in San Leandro

7/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Crawl Space Restoration After Water Damage in San Leandro San Leandro Well Constructed Basement Can Limit Moisture and Water Damage

Water Removal Mitigates Damage to Your Home

Homes with walk-out features often have a crawl space rather than a full basement. If water encroaches into the crawl space, a homeowner must react or risk structural damage to the foundation and an increased threat of mold growth. Your local SERVPRO work team has the experience, training, and skills to restore water damage underneath your house.
 
A washing machine malfunction sent gallons of water flowing over your utility room floor. The moisture drained through, causing water damage within the crawl space of your San Leandro home. You do not inhabit this area directly, but remediating the water damage is crucial to the integrity of your dwelling. We are veterans of many crawl space restorations and have unique strategies for working successfully in these often difficult to access areas.
 
SERVPRO technicians remove water caught in the crawl space with submersible pumps, collecting the water for appropriate disposal per local regulations. Because of the dirt floor of most crawl spaces, trapped water within it qualifies as contaminated, gray or black depending on other materials and substances mixed in. The contaminated water must go as it is responsible for potential microbial growth to the undercarriage of your home, hazardous to the structure’s strength and stability. We check any insulation under the home. Fiberglass is recoverable through appropriate drying, but other types risk mold grow and need replacement.
 
We always try to measure and monitor moisture levels. A dirt floor is very unstable and may reintroduce moisture from groundwater or runoff. If there is no moisture barrier over the dirt installing plastic sheeting to balance the moisture exchange is recommended in SERVPRO training. This is one leg of an encapsulation approach to preventing future water damaging events.
 
It is fortunate when the crawl space is roomy enough to position air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels. When the area is too cramped, we work with your insurer and you to troubleshoot the process. Removing a part of the flooring above the space gives access to the area, permitting air movers and dehumidifiers to do their jobs. If that is impractical, a venting system rigged with flexible hose and sheet metal to force dehumidified air into the crawl space to reduce moisture. We follow the concept of simple is better and provide the services needed to remedy the current problem.
 
SERVPRO of San Leandro helps you understand the need for water damage abatement under your home and offers the services necessary to accomplish it. A call to (510) 352-2480 starts the process, sending a highly-qualified crew to evaluate and begin working on the harm in your crawl space.

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Fire at a Commercial Property

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire at a Commercial Property Fire can destroy a building and a business.

How to Deal with Fire Damage at Your Commercial Property 

A recent fire at a San Lorenzo commercial fire and smoke damage caused damage to the warehoues structure and part of the office building. A loss like this can be overwhelming, it can also be mentally traumatic to employees. It prompted us to share information with other locl business owners:

The American Red Cross provides grief service to help victims  (including employees) cope with the mental after effects caused by fire damage.

Restoring your property to its previous condition may seem like an impossible feat to tackle as you look at the disaster. However, with a fire restoration company such as SERVPRO of San Leandro helping you, our knowledge and experience can help get your building looking its best and back into operational condition... "Like it Never Even Happened."

Fire and smoke damage can be caused by a number of reasons. One of the most prominent causes of fire begins with faulty electrical wiring. Since people can forget to turn off an electric appliance, or create sparks when using electrical powered tools, human error is also high on the list as a common factor in fires. The damage caused by smoke and soot can lead to significant loss (sometimes greater damage than was caused by the fire flames). That’s why it’s critical to find a trusted restoration company such as SERVPRO of San Leandro. From immediately after the fire through the recovery process, you’ll feel comforted knowing that they’ll work diligently to clean and restore your property to its pre-fire state.

Your One-Stop Shop for Smoke and Fire Restoration
We recognize the physical and emotional stress that comes with commercial fire restoration. Our team of experts empathizes with the property owners, company owners and employees who are in the midst of a crisis, and we will guide you every step of the way. From structural repairs and content restoration to soot cleaning and odor control, you can count on our services. We are a licensed contractor with a host of licensed sub-contractors who help us solve fire damage problems.

One of our sub-contractor specialists can help repair and restoration office equipment and even heavy manufacturing equipment.

We are one of the leading fire restoration cleaning facilities in this area. We have a large in-house smoke cleaning and de-ordorizing facility based in Hayward. We take pride in our work. We serve San Leandro, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Hayward, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley.

We're SERVPRO of San Leandro and are ready to help you where ever you need us. Just call: (510) 352-2480

Another El Nino Storm Year?

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Another El Nino Storm Year? We could be in for a second year of El Nino Rain

Will El Nino Cause Water Damage in San Leandro?

NOAA the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Association has declared this year 2015 and spring of 2016 as an El Nino event. Will it be a heavy El Nino season year in the San Leandro area ... like 1997

El Nino is Southern Pacific Ocean warming and it does not have to be a wet year. In fact, only three of the 15 major El Nino events since 1949 had heavy rains events associated with the ocean warming.  Some rain storm even happened in drought years. 

However, scientists talk about similarities with this year and 1997. The similarities indicate we could see heavy rains in the East Bay and elsewhere in Northern California.

In 1997 large numbers of small sea creatures washed up on the beaches in Mexico and Southern California. The annual ocean Algae bloom was larger than usual during the 1997 El Nino season.  This year, the Algae bloom is even bigger.

Another similarity was the fact that Monsoon rain season in the American Southwest, particularly in Arizona. It was pronounced in 1997 and is shaping up to be this year too. As I drive through San Leandro, Hayward and Castro Valley I see how many trees are struggling. I see lawn being allowed to turn brown and die. There is no question we need rain.  Interestingly, the 1997 rains came after a period of drought. So did the other heavy El Nino rain events dated back to 1949. Let’s hope this present drought cycle is ended this year by this El Nino.

There is an old adage that says to be careful what you wish for. Heavy rain with wind can topple trees. It can cause street flooding and sewer systems to back up.  Here in the East Bay we can also experience mudslides.

While we can’t stop all of this type of water damage we can prepare well and minimize its effects. We need to inspect our roofs, clean gutters and drains, trim trees and make sure creeks and drainage areas are not blocked and cluttered with debris.

Back in 1997 my company responded to several jobs in Castro Valley and in the Oakland Hills after trees fell onto homes. I also worked in a basement of an Oakland high rise when a sump pump failed. To solve the problem we had to use a pump truck, as a result of water damage to extract water from an elevator shaft so repair technicians could fix the sump. there re many ways water can affect a structure.

Clean Air in Commercial Buildings

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

What You Can Do to Improve the Indoor Air in Your Office:

  • Do not block air vents or grilles.

  • Comply with the office and building smoking policy.

  • Water and maintain office plants properly.

  • Dispose of garbage promptly and properly.

  • Store food properly.

  • Avoid bringing products into the building that could release harmful or bothersome odors or contaminants.

  • Notify your building or facility manager immediately if you suspect an indoor air quality problem.

    If You Manage an Office:

  • Maintain a good working relationship with building management on indoor environmental issues.

  • Place office furniture and equipment with air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in mind.

  • Coordinate with building management in instances when responsibility for design, operation, and maintenance of the ventilation system is shared.

  • Establish an effective smoking policy that protects nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • Avoid procedures and products that can cause indoor air quality problems.

  • Integrate indoor air quality concerns into your purchasing decisions.

  • Work with the building manager to ensure use of only necessary and appropriate pest

    control practices, and non-chemical methods where possible.

  • Work with building management and the contractor before you remodel or renovate to identify ways of keeping building occupant exposure to pollutants to a minimum and to ensure that the air distribution system is not disrupted.

  • Encourage building management to develop a preventive indoor air quality management program following guidance issued by EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).                  

    These tips came from an EPA booklet available free from the EPA website. It is titled,"An office Occupant's guide to Indoor Air Quality." 

    At SERVPRO, we're pleased to share this information with you.

The Furry of Fire

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Furry of Fire Fire is a powerful force.

How to Deal with Fire Damage at Your Commercial Property 

A recent fire caused damage to a warehouse structure and part of the office building in San Lorenzo. A loss like this can be overwhelming, it can also be mentally traumatic to employees. It prompted us to share information with other local business owners:

The American Red Cross provides grief service to help victims (including employees) cope with the mental after effects caused by fire damage.

Restoring your property to its previous condition may seem like an impossible feat to tackle as you look at the disaster. However, with a fire restoration company such as SERVPRO of San Leandro helping you, our knowledge and experience can help get your building looking its best and back into operational condition... "Like it Never Even Happened."

Fire and smoke damage can be caused by a number of reasons. One of the most prominent smoke and fire source begins with faulty electrical wiring. Since people can forget to turn off an electric appliance, or create sparks when using electrical powered tools, human error is also high on the list as a common factor in fires. The damage caused by smoke and soot can lead to significant loss (sometimes greater damage than was caused by the fire flames). That’s why it’s critical to find a trusted restoration company such as SERVPRO of San Leandro. From immediately after the fire through the recovery process, you’ll feel comforted knowing that they’ll work diligently to clean and restore your property to its pre-fire state.

Your One-Stop Shop for Smoke and Fire Restoration
We recognize the physical and emotional stress that comes with commercial fire damage.  Our team of experts empathizes with the property owners, company owners and employees who are in the midst of a crisis, and we will guide you every step of the way. From structural repairs and content restoration to soot cleaning and odor control, you can count on our services. We are a licensed contractor with a host of licensed sub-contractors who help us solve fire damage problems.

One of our sub-contractor specialists can help repair and restoration office equipment and even heavy manufacturing equipment.

We are one of the leading fire damage restoration cleaning facilities in this area. We have a large in-house smoke cleaning and deodorizing facility based in Hayward. We take pride in our work. 

We SERVPRO of San Leandro and are ready to help you where ever you need us. Just call: (510) 352-2480